Commuter Student Association Events

By Lauren Archibald, Teresa Whitehouse and Ting Tseng

A number of students who attend the University of Scranton are commuter students. TheCommuter Student Association (CSA) helps to integrate these students with the campus.

The goal of CSA is to provide opportunities such as leadership and service, while also enhancing the commuter experience with a variety of events.

These signature events include Game Tournaments, Murder Mystery Dinners and theRooftop Carnival.

Commuter students can also look forward to morning coffee and snacks once a month on the second floor of the DeNaples Center in the Fireplace Lounge. CSA’s Coffee Hour provides commuters with an enjoyable wake-up experience while allowing them to socialize with one another.

This year marked another popular event, CSA’s fifth annual Rooftop Carnival. Pictures show students on the fifth floor of the Parking Pavilion enjoying games and inflatable obstacle courses, getting caricatures done, and eating cotton candy.

Michael McGurl, the Assistant Director for Off-Campus & Commuter Student Life, said CSA aims to integrate commuter students and make them feel comfortable. However, the organization is not just for commuter students.

“We’ve made specific efforts over the last two years to really reach out to residential students as well,” McGurl said. “One of our goals is to really try to integrate our commuter residential populations as much as possible so there’s not really that disconnect. We really want our commuter students to have the best college experience possible.”

CSA’s next event, Commuter Day the Royal Way, will take place August 9, 2017. Incoming commuter students will be oriented to the University of Scranton, while meeting other commuter students and participating in a scavenger hunt.

For more information, CSA can be contacted at (570) 941-6226 or res-life@scranton.edu. The club also posts frequent information through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Teresa Whitehouse, Lauren Archibald, Ting Tseng

ANCHOR INTRO:  THE ROYAL ROOFTOP CARNIVAL WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH ON THE 29TH, AND ROYAL NEWS’ TERESA WHITEHOUSE HAS THE STORY

THIS IS TERESA WHITEHOUSE REPORTING LIVE FROM THE 2017 ROYAL ROOFTOP CARNIVAL.

THE ROOFTOP CARNIVAL IS AN ANNUAL EVENT SPONSORED BY THE COMMUTER STUDENT ASSOCIATION.

20-17 MARKS THE FIFTH YEAR THAT IT’S BEEN HELD HERE ON THE ROOFTOP OF THE PARKING GARAGE HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON.

MANY STUDENTS STOOD IN LINE FOR ALMOST AN HOUR TO GET THEIR CARICATURE DRAWN AT THE CARNIVAL.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON SENIOR AND CSA CLUB MEMBER ALEX GARDNER TOLD US MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS TAKING PLACE ON THE ROOFTOP.

IN CUE: SO THE ROYAL …

OUT CUE: HAVING A GREAT TIME

STUDENTS TESTED THEIR REFLEXES AGAINST THE SPINNING LOG, WHICH FEATURED A PILLAR THAT SWUNG AROUND IN AN ATTEMPT TO KNOCK THEM OFF OF THEIR PLATFORM.

I’M HERE WITH ERIC MOSELY, A JUNIOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON. HERE’S WHAT HE HAS TO SAY AS A FIRST TIME ATTENDEE OF THE ROYAL ROOFTOP CARNIVAL.

IN CUE: IT’S FUN…

OUT CUE: FOOD, MUSIC.

STUDENTS LISTENED TO MUSIC AND RELEASED THEIR INNER CHILD AT THE CARNIVAL.

WE MET WITH MICHAEL MCGURL AFTERWARDS TO HEAR WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HOW HE THOUGHT THE CARNIVAL WENT.

IN CUE:  I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT…

OUT CUE: A REALLY GOOD TIME.

THE CARNIVAL WENT UNTIL ABOUT MIDNIGHT, AND USED THE ENTIRE ROOFTOP OF THE PARKING GARAGE.

THIS IS TERESA WHITEHOUSE REPORTING FROM THE ROYAL ROOFTOP CARNIVAL.

ANCHOR TAG: IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE CARNIVAL ONLY OCCUPIED HALF OF THE ROOFTOP, SO THEY WERE GIVEN MORE SPACE FOR FUN THIS TIME AROUND.

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Royal News Minute

 

THIS IS TERESA WHITEHOUSE WITH YOUR ROYAL NEWS MINUTE.  

AS THE WEATHER CONTINUES TO IMPROVE IN SCRANTON, THE CLUBS ARE STARTING TO HAVE SOME FUN.  ON APRIL 29TH, THE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WILL BE HOLDING A BEACH TRIP TO SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY.  

THE BEACH TRIP IS FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GO. DURING THE DAY TRIP, STUDENTS WILL BE SPLIT INTO TWO GROUPS.  THOSE WHO ARE THERE TO TAKE PICTURES, AND THOSE WHO ARE THERE TO HANG OUT ON THE BEACH.  IT COSTS $5 FOR CLUB MEMBERS, $7 FOR NON-CLUB MEMBERS.  

SPEAKING OF FUN IN THE SUN, SPRINGFEST IS QUICKLY APPROACHING.  ON MAY 6TH AT 2 IN THE AFTERNOON, THE DIONNE GREEN WILL BE ALIVE WITH THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC, INFLATABLES, AND FUN!  IT’S A GREAT WAY TO RELAX AND TAKE A BREAK BEFORE FINALS. IN THE CASE OF RAIN, YOU CAN FIND THE FUN IN THE BYRON CENTER.

DON’T FEEL LIKE GOING OUTSIDE FOR A GOOD TIME? THAT’S ALRIGHT, U-S-P-B IS HOSTING A MOVIE TRIP TO GO SEE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ON MAY 4TH AT 8PM.  TICKETS ARE ONLY $5. INCLUDED IN THE PRICE IS A SMALL POPCORN AND SODA, THE TICKET ITSELF, AND A RIDE TO THE THEATER.

WITH ALL OF THESE GREAT EVENTS COMING UP, IT’S A WONDER THAT ANYONE CAN STUDY FOR FINALS.

I’M TERESA WHITEHOUSE, AND THAT WAS YOUR ROYAL NEWS MINUTE.  

What is something you think all University of Scranton students should do before they graduate?

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Bri Baran, 19, Sophomore, Horsham, Pennsylvania.

“They should find a professor who they feel like they can talk to about everything.  Create a relationship with them.”

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Victoria Pennington, 19, Sophomore, West Wyoming, Pennsylvania.

“Take a class with Professor Mohammed in the Communication department.”

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Kelly Dillon, 23, First year Grad student, Somerset, New Jersey.

“If you aren’t happy in your major, change it before your Sophomore year.  Study what makes you happy.”

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Sarah Mithani, 19, Sophomore, Crestco, Pennsylvania.

“Go to the fifth floor of the library, not necessarily to study.  It’s just so beautiful up there.”

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Mary Katherine Rohrbaugh, 21, Senior, Newtown, Pennsylvania.

“Become close enough with at least a few professors that you would want to talk to them after you graduate.”

 

11 things to do before you graduate from the University of Scranton

By Teresa Whitehouse

Scranton is a city where there’s something to do all times of the year, but there are some things that are a must if you’re a student at the University of Scranton.  Up ahead we have the 11 things that every student should do before he or she graduates.  

  1. Take a walk at Nay Aug Park

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Nay Aug Park is a gorgeous place that is located at the top of Mulberry Street.  It has plenty of trails to walk and a few playgrounds as well.  

 

  1. Go on a retreat at Lake Chapman

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The retreats hosted by the University of Scranton are spiritual, scenic and a great time.  Friends and memories are made at this lake.

 

  1.  Go to Mannings Farm Dairy

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Mannings Farm Dairy is a local dairy farm where the Manning Family makes ice cream and it is delicious!  They have tours of the farm and let visitors watch the process of making the ice cream.

 

  1. Make friends that can last a lifetime

College is hard enough with being away from home on your own for the first time, so make friends to share this amazing time of your life.

 

  1. Make friends younger than you

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It’s never too late to make friends in college, but if you decide to stay for grad school and none of your undergrad friends did, it can be a lonely time trying to get back on the friend train. Keep making friends throughout the four years, and don’t worry too much if he or she is a first-year while you’re a senior.

 

  1. Establish a relationship with your professors

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Become close enough with at least one or two professors that you would want to talk to them after college.  They would love to hear about your life, especially since they helped you get to where you are.

 

  1.  Join a club (or two or three!)

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Clubs are a great way to make friends who have the same interests as you.  The fun activities also give you a bit of a break from your classes.

 

  1.  Go to Northern Light Espresso Bar

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Even if you don’t like coffee, you can drink hot chocolate, smoothies, or eat an assortment of salads, sandwiches and baked goods. It’s also a great place to study if the library is too quiet for you.

 

  1. Go on a road trip with your friends

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Nothing beats hitting the open road and exploring with friends. Even if it’s a short trip, being in a car with someone for an extended period of time is how you really get to know them (especially if he or she is the driver).  As for where to go, you can head up north toward Ithaca, NY or down south and hit up Philly.

 

  1. Check out the local waterfalls

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There are multiple waterfalls in the Scranton area that would blow you away.  The sights they offer are amazing and can be a nice spot for some pensive thought. (I do not, however, encourage cliff diving off them.)

 

  1. And finally, have fun!

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People will often say that high school are the best four years of your life, but I would disagree.  College offers you more freedom and time to get to know yourself and enjoy the world around you, so make the best of it.  

 

With all of the amazing things to do in Scranton, it’s a wonder how you would have time to do it all.  If you’re a student, that’s especially true.  If you do everything on this list, I guarantee you won’t regret a single second of it.  

 


 

A strategic flair for writing

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By Teresa Whitehouse

SCRANTON – Connor Beauregard writes of crime, family and life while attending the University of Scranton.

Beauregard likes to write and has been working on a personal project with one of his housemates since his first year at the University of Scranton.  

His baseball cap was black with a small logo on the front, picturing mountains and the word “coal.”  He bought the cap from East Mountain Sports and mentioned that he likes to hike.  He looked up as he recounted the places that he had traveled.  

From New Mexico to Vermont, he’s hit the peak of a mountain more than once.  One of his proudest moments was reaching the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.  

“It was cool, we were the only ones up there because it was winter, but there’s snow up to your knees at some parts,” Beauregard said. “It took like five hours to get up and another three hours to get back down so it was a long day for sure.”

He was only at the Summit for about 20 minutes because of the temperatures, but he enjoyed every second of the view.  

Beauregard is in his junior year at the University of Scranton and is from Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Some of his favorite memories from his childhood were going to Tyler Lake with his family every summer.  He ran track and played baseball while in high school, and still participates in some sports recreationally today.  

“I don’t play any sports here, but I’m an avid hiker and I hike a lot when I’m home,” he said.

Beauregard’s major is strategic communication with a focus on public relations, and chose this path with job security in mind.  

“Yeah, I mean my focus is on PR but I don’t necessarily want to work in a PR agency, I’m interested more in… I would like to work for a production company, maybe on the business side of that kind of thing . . . just looking for some job security, that’s why I’m doing the PR thing,” Beauregard said.

During the winter break of his sophomore year, he had an internship with Finsbury Public Relations Firm in New York, and has one lined up with Optum Technology in Boston for the summer of 2017.

When he’s not doing school work, Beauregard likes to hang out with his friends on campus and write.  The special project he’s been working on is a television show called “Dodge.”  

“We’ve been writing a script for a tv show for the past year and a half just as a hobby . . .  but yeah that’s something that’s definitely a lot of fun,” Beauregard said.

Working with his friend and housemate P.J. Ganely, they have almost completed writing the first season of their show.  They aim for the first season to have six episodes and have written four so far.  He has most of his story already planned, and knows where the story is headed.   

The story is set in the socio-economically divided town of Montauk, Long Island in New York.  It follows high school senior James Mason as he commits petty crimes with his crew and fights against the former leader’s best friend for control.  

Beauregard fiddled with the pen in his hand, passing it between his fingers as he pondered his responses.  

“The whole plot is James’ brother Christian.  He used to be the head of the group doing the crimes and stuff, he’s in prison for robbery and he’s been in there for the past four years,” he said.

James father told him stories about the treasure a man called Captain Kidd hid on Garner’s Island, and one of his friends thinks that it’s the real deal.  James wants to do a heist that involves breaking into this place and finding the treasure, so a majority of the first season is the group planning this mission.

One of his Beauregard’s biggest goals is to get “Dodge” broadcasting on a television network, either FX or HBO because the show has some more adult themes.  

Beauregard would like to work at a production company and help that company with their business.  His dream, however, isn’t to work in public relations at all, but to be a writer.  Because he has been working on “Dodge” since his freshman year, getting that up on the air is part of his long term goals as well.  

“If I could be a writer, that would definitely be my dream,” Beauregard said.

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